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The Song Remains the Same? Aesthetic, Psychological and Technical Aspects of the Audio ‘Loudness War’

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We live our lives experiencing illumination from starlight to bright sunlight and appreciate the aesthetics of the contrasts possible. Similarly in hearing, we appreciate the difference between a whisper and the roar of the waterfall. However, when we come to preserving such contrasts for posterity, the end result often differs from our memory of the experience. I will attempt to draw together strands of the technical tools and aspects of how our brains interpret sound are used to create an acoustic impression that is representative of our “popular” aesthetics. The talk is aimed at a general audience and will be illustrated with examples.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term series.

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